100,000 Bigfoots in North America?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 11th, 2014

There have been many estimates on the Sasquatch population in North America…

Estimates range from 500 to an incredible 100,000 depending on what “expert” you talk to.

From the conservative…

From the BFRO:

In the past when all the objective and subjective considerations have been juggled to come up with upper and lower parameters for a population size, those parameters have usually fallen in the neighborhood of 2000 – 6000.

The higher figures are favored by those who suggest that there would be two to three times as many documented sightings, if Canada and southern Alaska had anywhere near the same human population density as the lower forty-eight states. Humans have to be present for an observation to occur. Where there are no humans, there are no sightings, but there might be just as many bigfoots.

A figure of 2000-6000 would not exceed the reasonableness threshold, but it is well above the minimum breeding population figure.

From Dr. Jeff Meldrum:

“My goal is not to convince, my goal is to open minds,” said Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University. Meldrum has been researching the specimen of Sasquatch for more than 15 years and has received national attention for his work, both positive and negative.

His research examines various evidences which suggest that the mythical creature Sasquatch may in fact be real. In particular, he hypothesizes there may be not only one creature living today, but as many as 500-750 of the Sasquatch species.

From Dr. John Bindernagel:

“I am convinced that the Sasquatch exists,” says British Columbia wildlife biologist John Bindernagel. For years, Bindernagel has put his academic reputation on the line by not only believing in Sasquatch, but also studying it. “I estimate the population of the animal to be several thousand at least,” says Bindernagel, who has already written several books on Bigfoot.

From Dr. Grover Krantz:

Often at odds with René Dahinden (who had no patience for academics), Dr. Krantz argued that the sasquatch is the descendant of a species of prehistoric giant ape, Gigantopithecus blacki, which he theorized traversed the Beringian land bridge 10,000 years ago. Krantz estimated the sasquatch population at roughly 2000 animals roaming the vast wilderness between northern California and British Columbia.

To the less conservative:

From Daniel Perez:

As I stated to the reporter who interviewed me for the Press-Enterprise, anyone past, present and future talking numbers (population) for Bigfoot is in the guesstimating business, as there isn’t much data to base it on. Yes, you can get a rough idea as to what an unknown population might be based on populations for, say, bear, coyote and deer but the crucial thing here to consider is these are known animals. Bigfoot is the great “X”, the unknown. So when I say 100,000 Bigfoot in North America, in my humble opinion, that is a drop in the bucket, as North America is a bloody massive land mass. Anyone who has flown from, say, Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. has an opportunity to see how vast the land is just in one “plane” corridor in the United States. In other words, as far as your eye can see from the window of the plane. People see one hundred thousand and think that is a big number. Well, yes, it is. But put that number in perspective… all of North America with an estimated size of 9,460,000 square miles and all of a sudden 100,000 looks like just a very, very small amount. Myself or any other researchers/investigators on Bigfoot would not be able to argue a higher or lower population as it is all just a great intellectual exercise of guesstimating.

Chris Noel:

Chris Noel, … an expert on so-called Bigfoot habitations, where individuals develop a close relationship with a group of Bigfoots, feels that there are up to 100,000 Bigfoots in North America.

And now add Rhettman Mullis to the 100,000 club:

“I have seen two of them, and have had hundreds of interactions with them,” says Rhettman Mullis, a Bellevue psychologist who founded a site called Bigfootology.com that lists numerous team members and a section devoted to field reports.

He says “a very rough estimation” is that there are 100,000 Bigfoots in North America.

You can understand why the skeptics are skeptical. If there are 100,000, where is just one body? The search has spawned numerous Bigfoot groups, and the cable show “Finding Bigfoot,” where they’re always on the verge of tracking down the creature but never quite do it.

But Mullis believes.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


7 Responses to “100,000 Bigfoots in North America?”

  1. Becho responds:

    I know of at least thirty Bigfoot in ten clans. I also know of other possible locations that probably harbor Forest People. Each clan averages about four Bigfoot and seem to have about twenty five to a hundred square miles of territory. So I am going to guess that each individual needs about ten square miles to survive in this lush part of western Washington. Extrapolate that number and you have a substantial population in North America.

  2. PhotoExpert responds:

    Becho-You stated. “I know of at least thirty Bigfoot in ten clans.” How do you know this? I mean, did you count them while being physically present? If so, I am sure you did not do so in one day. Which means you did it over several visits. Correct?

    Then why not bring a video cam, camera or cell phone and document the counting process? Just curious. With all the blobsquatch photos we get, I am sure your photos would have been much clearer.

    I believe you are probably correct on your estimate of 10 square miles per individual but extrapolating that number out, over the space of North America would not be prudent and incorrect. Afterall, the landscape in Washington is much different than Arizona or say Pennsylvania. And if Sasquatch is nomadic or migrates, then that would also throw your numbers off.

    Too many assumptions for my liking, starting with your first statement of knowing of 30 individuals and 10 clans that you KNOW of. You would have to prove that statement first or the rest of your numbers are speculative at best.

  3. Goodfoot responds:

    500-750 sounds like a ridiculously small number for a breeding population in 9.5 million square miles of land. There would be much fewer sightings with numbers like that, and breeding pairs would have a hell of a time just finding one another.

    I sat down one night for a few hours and pondered this very question. Based on the frequency and number of sightings, I arrived at an order-of-magnitude spanning figure of 60,000 to 600,000. It seems to me that the high side must be the more reasonable estimate.

    However, the lower figure, 60,000, seems like a reasonable number for a breeding population, but just barely.

    I think it must be larger than 60,000.

  4. dconstrukt responds:

    ROFLMAO!!!

    everything in this thread is just an assumption.

    not one of these guys can get a halfway decent photo or video or proof that even ONE of these things is real…. yet they’re speculating there are thousands of them?

    lol… comical.

    First, establish beyond a shadow of a doubt these things are real, that you have real proof and indisputable evidence. THEN you can start guesstimating from there.

    just my 2 cents 🙂

  5. Insanity responds:

    I think it is possible that such a species could persist in a very low population size for several thousands of years. Historically, there are examples of species rebounding from a reduction to extremely low population sizes, frequently due to over hunting by humans. The negative consequences of inbreeding among wild populations are not well documented.

    The cheetah is a good example of a population bottleneck followed by a prolonged period of inbreeding, yet the species has flourished across two continents for thousands of years.

    The Northern elephant seal is another example, having be reduced to a population size of about 30 in the 1890s, and has since rebounded to over 100,000.

    The American bison has rebounded from around 750 in the 1890s to around 360,000.

    Population estimates of the North American cougar I believe are 26,000 to 30,000 from what I have read. If another elusive species had a population size 1/10th that of the cougar, it would likely be a rare occurrence to encounter one.

  6. dconstrukt responds:

    if they are real they’d need enough of them to reproduce… right?

    but then people are claiming to see them in all parts of the country… which would mean there are different “groups” of them… each would need enough of a population to reproduce.

    a few hundred in each section?

    a thousand or so?

    i’d go with the lower number on the scale.

    but I think we need to focus more on the proof, evidence side first… establish they in fact are real, beyond a shadow of a doubt…. then you can start to focus on population, location, conservation (so no one effs with them and lets them do their thing).

  7. PhotoExpert responds:

    dconstrukt–Well, not every post in this thread was an assumption, unless you failed to read my post. You agree with me.

    That is why I put the word KNOW in capital letters. Becho claimed to know of 30 individuals in 10 clans. My point was this: He had to count that number over multiple sightings. That equals multiple opportunity to get just 1 photo or video. Yet he failed to do that. No evidence then no proof. And he can not extrapolate numbers without one single bit of evidence. That is simple speculation.

    So you agree with me then? If so, that was the whole point of my post. One must first establish proof before guessing at numbers. Just 1 proof of Sasquatch would be fine for me to start crunching numbers. Until then….why bother?




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